The Arambol Open Mic is a kind of magic. Not only one of the most traditional music events in Goa, but a must-do for the many musicians from around the world who travel in Asia.
It happens every Friday night, from November to April, at Organic Vibes, a well-known venue nearby Arambol beach.
Open Mic is a long-time tradition in Arambol. Legendary people here, like Nico, ZouZou and Anthony McKeon hosted it back in the days, making it what it is now: not only the best open mic in Goa, but one of the busiest and most amazing open mics in the world.
How to participate in the Arambol Open Mic
The rules to participate are simple. Anyone can perform. Original music, covers songs, spoken words: anything goes, and no censorship.
When the season peak, the lineup gets tight. Dozens of performers sign up to book their slot on stage and some of them don’t make it. My duty as a host is to fit most of them in while trying to deliver the best experience to the audience. One song each is the general rule to make space for everyone. But every rule can be broken sometimes 🙂
To book your slot you just have to show up with your instrument a little before the beginning and sign your name up. It’s that easy.
What does makes the Arambol Open Mic so unique?
In one word: diversity. Arambol gathers brilliant musicians from endless countries, not to mention the many Arambol musicians who perform here season after season. That means that on Friday night you’ll have the privilege to be surprised by talent you wouldn’t expect. Sufi musicians from the Middle East and English songwriters, Israeli talented singers and Arabic bands, Russian handpan players and French fire performers, African poets and Indian artists. All in front of an audience of hundreds.
Plus, the open mic can turn into a jam anytime. Nobody will complain if you wish to perform solo. But if you are open to jam, someone will probably offer to join you on stage with his groove, turning your performance into something unexpected.
Can you find it on Youtube and Facebook?
Yes, you can! You can check some of the performances on Youtube, and use Facebook to book a spot for your music or take a look at the photos of the previous editions.
Here are the links:
Arambol Open Mic on Youtube
Arambol Open Mic on Facebook
There is another open mic happening in Arambol. It is hosted every Monday by Anthony at a venue called Twice in Nature.